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Heritage Research: Methods and Approaches


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master Archaeology programme Heritage and Museum Studies.


This course provides an introduction to methods and approaches in heritage research and museum research. You gain an understanding of debates in methodology, research design and its relationship to research methods, the use of methods, and ethical principles in research practice.

The focus is on qualitative methods in the social sciences and anthropology, and as applied by research staff in the Department of Archaeological Heritage and Society.

The course employs active learning of methods and methodological problems through short assignments and active involvement in research projects directed by teaching and research staff. You will also learn about research design and the elements it entails.

Course set-up

  • Lecture presentation;

  • Tutorial;

  • Individual work.

Course objectives

  • Gain understanding of methodological debates, including assumptions, bias and problems inherent in different approaches and methods;

  • Develop skills to identify a research problem and set up an appropriate research design;

  • Enable students to design research for their thesis within a framework of active research projects and professional work directed by course lecturers;

  • Gain knowledge in research methods in heritage and museum studies;

  • Understand ethical principles in research practice.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Assignments (100%).

There will be one final course grade. This will consist of the average grade from several assignments.
All assignments are mandatory. Compensation between assignments is allowed.

If the course is not passed, a retake of one non-passing assignment is allowed, providing that all assignments were submitted as legitimate attempts to pass the assignment.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
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The assignments have individual deadlines during the course, to be announced at the start of the course.

Reading list

To be announced.


Enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.

General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. I.R. (Ian) Simpson.


Compulsory attendance.